(San Diego, CA) – Kirk Jorgensen, a Republican Candidate to represent California’s 52nd Congressional District, released the following statement in response to the allegations that Carl DeMaio, also a Republican candidate in the race, plagiarized a report by the National Journal about pension double-dipping. The National Journal says that DeMaio’s report looks like a “copied-and-pasted version” of a report the publication released last June. According to the Journal, one of the few differences between their report and DeMaio’s is the inclusion of Democratic incumbent Rep. Scott Peters on the list.
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, to learn of accusations levied against Mr. DeMaio. Once again, Mr. DeMaio shows us that he is yet another political opportunist. San Diego deserves better. America deserves better. In any part of the private sector, this kind of behavior by a leader, or someone aspiring to a leadership position, would not be acceptable. It’s time to apply that standard to our public officials. America deserves responsible leadership. It’s time to end the era of political survivors.”
“If elected, not only do I pledge to serve with honor, but I pledge not to wear out my welcome and become beholden to the special interests. I am the only candidate in this race who has taken a term limit pledge. I understand that service is often self-sacrificing, and if chosen to represent our congressional district in Congress, I will work to earn and maintain the trust of the people of the 52nd district, ensuring that the interests of our families, community, and country will always come first.”
The 52nd congressional district stretches from Poway to Coronado. The district is home to many of San Diego’s iconic sites and military installations, including Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Naval Air Station North Island.
Kirk Jorgensen is a longtime San Diego resident. He is a four-time U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, who deployed to the Middle East and Europe and led teams to combat terrorism around the globe. Jorgensen’s time as an active duty Marine Officer was marked by numerous awards and honors, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Most recently, Jorgensen worked in the private sector in San Diego, helping identify technologies that increase the strength of America’s defense capabilities. Kirk, his wife, Dr. Georgine Jorgensen, and their two sons live in the Black Mountain Ranch neighborhood of San Diego. Jorgensen has received endorsements from local retired congressman Duncan L. Hunter and San Diego business leaders Gene Ray and Kim Fletcher among others.
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